I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving Break!! I also want to give a big thank you to Karen Kusterer for preparing our fall craft and to all of the parents who came in the Tuesday before Thanksgiving to help our class create our beautiful “Thankful Wreath” craft; Mr. Stoner, Mrs. Trak, & Mrs. Balaji. It is hard to believe that we only have 3 more weeks until winter break…boy how time flies when you are learning and having fun! Please just remind your child that they need to continue to work hard and do their best each day. I am looking forward to a great December with all of them!
Here is what we are doing in school:
Whole Group reading will continue to focus on main ideas and supporting details. We will also review making connections with text, and comparing and contrasting characters and their feelings. During small group reading we will use graphic organizers to help the students pull out supporting details and the main idea of the texts that we are reading in our leveled readers. We will also be working on homophones.
We will be working on the correct use of commas, apostrophes (contractions & possessive nouns), & homophones. During this marking period we will also be upping the rigor with our creative writing. We will start working on writing “Big Mac” paragraphs as opposed to just a “hamburger” paragraph (more information to be in your child’s binder soon). I have been working with the students on writing really good “3rd Grade Sentences & Paragraphs”. I am looking for good descriptive words, 5 or more words in a sentence, at least 7 complete sentences, as well as correct punctuation/capitalization. We are currently working on writing some more “Persuasive Paragraphs” in class.
New spelling words & spelling notebooks should have come home today! Please make sure your child brings their spelling notebook to school each day! The students are working on short and long “i” homophones. Menu items are due on Friday and the test is this Friday too!
We finished our unit on Ancient China & Egypt. We are now learning about Ancient Greece. Students already have some information in their S.S. section of their binder along with new vocabulary words. We will have a quiz on these words on Friday, 11/30. Please take some time nightly to review the words with your child. Thank you!
During whole group instruction we started our unit on Measurement. Our focus during the unit will be on U.S. Customary & Metric Units of measurement for length, weight, and capacity.
This week students will practice measuring to the nearest inch and 1/2 inch, measuring with centimeters, meters, & kilometers.
Our next focus will be on US Customary weight/mass (ounces, pounds)/Metric weight/mass (grams, kilograms) and then on to US Customary Capacity (cups, pints, quarts, gallons)/Metric Capacity (milliliters, liters). Please find some new Measurement websites on my blog!
Friday, November 30- Bring your favorite Stuffed Animal Day!!
Thursday, December 13- PAJAMA DAY!!
Friday, December 19-WINTER PARTY….more information to follow soon
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me any time after school or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for all you do!